3 killed in 3 separate crashes on 1 mile stretch of I-55 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

3 killed in 3 separate crashes on 1 mile stretch of I-55

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Three crashes happened on a one mile stretch of Interstate 55 near the Coldwater bridge on Thursday.

The first happened around 4:30 a.m. Susan Overton, who was driving with her daughter, crashed head-on into a UPS truck.

DeSoto County investigators said Overton, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, was driving the wrong way on the interstate. It's not clear why she was traveling the wrong direction.

WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin learned that Overton pleaded guilty to DUI in July 2011. It is unclear whether alcohol was a factor in Thursday's collision.

Overton and her daughter died in the crash. The UPS driver was not seriously injured.

The second crash happened around 12:30 p.m.; an SUV crashed into a tractor-trailer. One person died.

The third crash happened around 1 p.m.

Investigators said one car slammed into the rear end of another car. 

The driver of one of the cars was a Memphis girl on her way to college in Alabama. 

"I saw the accident behind me," said the girl's father, Mark Navare. "Then saw the car fishtail over to the left side of the road."

Navare pulled over and ran to check on his wife and daughter after seeing the crash. 

Nobody was seriously injured in this crash.

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